Dedicated to the rich storytelling traditions of the South Pacific, New Zealand-based Black Grace masterfully blends contemporary and Samoan dance genres, expressing them with “phenomenal strength, stamina and spirit” (The New Zealand Herald). The company has been praised as “the most positive, living expression of any New Zealand art” (Sunday Star Times). Founded by Neil Ieremia in 1995, the company masterfully blends contemporary and indigenous Samoan dance genres with a body of work “that crosses geographic and social boundaries, often with innovative flair and theatricality” (The Boston Globe). The New York Times critic Brian Seibert said, “the dancers break into motion, and once they start, they barely ever stop. The distinguishing spirit of this troupe is incredible speed and stamina, an exhilarating, seemingly inexhaustible energy.” This program included O Le Olaga – Life, a tribute to Ieremia’s parents and a celebration of life set to Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major, as well as Fatu, a new work inspired by the work of Samoan painter and sculptor Fatu Akelei Feu’u and set to an original soundtrack both live and recorded. The company also reprised Minoi, a high-energy virtuosic work featured in their first Pillow performance. Black Grace was filmed live during Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2022. Video by Nel Shelby Productions.
In Festival 2022 Performances
Play video Dichotomous Being: An Evening Of Taylor Stanley
Dichotomous Being: An Evening Of Taylor Stanley
A celebrated New York City Ballet principal dancer, Taylor Stanley pursues new frontiers with special guest artists.
Play video America(na) To Me (Excerpts)
America(na) To Me (Excerpts)
Watch excerpts of America(na) to Me, which encapsulated the heart of the 90th Anniversary Season at Jacob’s Pillow.
Play video Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Over the last four decades, Jacob’s Pillow has been an artistic home for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Founded in 1977 by dancer and choreographer Lou Conte, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s mission is to bring artists, art and audiences together to en
Play video Limón Dance Company
Limón Dance Company
Celebrated as one of the world’s greatest modern dance groups, the Limón Dance Company just marked its 75th anniversary.
Play video Dance Heginbotham
Dance Heginbotham exemplifies adventurous contemporary dance with athleticism, humor, and theatricality.
Play video Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble
Founded by master teacher, choreographer, and cultural ambassador Cleo Parker Robinson in 1970, this Denver-based distinguished modern dance company is renowned for a dynamic body of work inspired by the African American experience and rooted in danc